Pat Bradley

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"The Oxford Companion to Cheese"  book cover
Oxford University Press

A new book edited by a Vermont professor says cheese is far more than something slapped on a sandwich or sprinkled on top of a pizza.

An official with the Planned Parenthood Chapter that serves Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine says the organization received a large boost in donations following the presidential election.

Burlington Police car
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Police in Burlington, Vermont say they're trying to better reflect the community's demographics with their most recent round of hires.

Plattsburgh Police Chief Desmond Racicot
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Plattsburgh’s long-time police chief announced recently that he will retire in January.  Desmond Racicot has been with the department since 1989, serving as chief for the last 14 years.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he hadn’t planned to retire but a new opportunity arose.

Plattsburgh City Council 12/28/16
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Plattsburgh City Councilors received the mayor’s proposed budget in October and must finalize the fiscal plan by mid-January.  The six-member board is still considering amendments as they try to lower a tax levy that at one point looked like it could be as high as 22 percent. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the last meeting of 2016 last night.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Governor-elect's transition office

The group hosting the inaugural gala for Vermont Governor-elect Phil Scott is extending the deadline to buy tickets.

Attorneys for a Vermont man facing a second federal death penalty trial want an appeals court to rule on the constitutionality of the death penalty.

Harwood Union School
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A doctor says the suspect in a wrong-way crash on an interstate highway that killed five Vermont teenagers is competent to stand trial.

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Vermont Law School

The Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center has issued its seventh annual Top 10 Environmental Watch List.  The list offers short summaries of key legal points surrounding the most important environmental issues of 2016.

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John Atkinson/Ski Vermont

While there have been mild temperatures the last couple days, overall it’s been a cold and snowy start to the winter season.  Local ski areas are experiencing a much better start to the season than last year, when record low snowfall occurred. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the importance of this holiday week for the region’s ski industry.

First Night Burlington Banner and Button
First Night Burlington

Burlington, Vermont is gearing up for its 34th First Night festival, the largest single-day arts festival in the state.

Letter received by Islamic Society of Vermont
Islamic Society of Vermont/Facebook

More than 200 faith leaders, clergy, and congregants from across Vermont gathered at the Islamic Society of Vermont on Friday to stand in solidarity after the group received a letter expressing intolerance for Islam.

Fire investigators say a fire in a dorm room at Vermont's Castleton University was caused by a computer that had been left on a bean bag chair.

Rail tracks
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Opponents of a plan to replace two railroad bridges in downtown Middlebury with a tunnel say the old bridges can be replaced faster and for much less money than the project being promoted by the Vermont Transportation Agency.

Plan 2014 signing
International Joint Commission

The International Joint Commission, which monitors boundary waters between the U.S. and Canada, has signed an updated plan regulating water levels and flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.  Advocates of the plan in New York believe it will reverse decades of man-made damage and benefit the economy of the upstate region.

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell
WAMC/Pat Bradley

In January, Vermont will have a new attorney general for the first time in a generation.  Incumbent Bill Sorrell announced in September 2015 that he would not seek reelection this year after serving in the post since 1997.  The longest-serving attorney general in the state’s history says that after nearly 20 years in the office it was time to let someone new take the post.

Picture of Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

Bernie Sanders' office says the Vermont senator had a small basal cell carcinoma removed from his cheek in an outpatient procedure.


Earlier this week, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted criticism over the F-35 fighter jet program. It caused Lockheed Martin stock to fall 2.5 percent. It also raised some eyebrows in the Northeast. The Vermont Air National Guard is scheduled to begin receiving the fighter jet in 2019.  Supporters of the F-35 say they aren’t worried those plans will change because the tweet raises two very different issues.

Congressman Peter Welch discusses Renewable Fuel Standard in Burlington
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Congressman Peter Welch was joined by a group of Vermont environmentalists Tuesday to highlight what they see as a need for revisions in the Renewable Fuel Standard, a national policy that requires corn ethanol be mixed into fuels.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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Congress has approved the Promoting Travel, Commerce and National Security Act of 2016, sending it to the president’s desk.  The measure creates a preclearance procedure for Amtrak passengers traveling across the Canadian border and shared clearance functions especially at small rural crossings.

A Vermont man has been accused of using a stun gun on a 14-year-old boy after thinking the child had stolen a bicycle.

Screen capture from Governor Peter Shumlin's pardon PSA
Office of Governor Peter Shumlin

Vermont’s Governor has recorded a public service announcement to promote his plan to grant pardons to people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana.

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Fairpoint Communications

Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch want the CEOs of FairPoint Communications and the Illinois company that plans to buy it to reverse the planned layoffs of at least 110 workers across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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Federal Trade Commission

The Vermont attorney general joined the Federal Trade Commission chairwoman this afternoon to announce a settlement with the operators of Toronto-based dating site after the company deceived consumers and failed to protect account information before a July 2015 data breach.

Senator Bill Doyle
Vermont Legislature

It’s a year of change in Vermont politics, with the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general all stepping aside. And a mainstay in the legislature is leaving, too. Bill Doyle began serving in the Vermont Senate in 1969 and is the longest-serving senator in the state’s history.  But the 90-year-old Republican lost his re-election bid this year.  On November 30th, he withdrew his request for a recount and conceded the race.  Doyle says activity in the statehouse become more political over the years.

David Fisher
New York Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau has a new leader.  During the organization’s annual meeting last week, delegates from across the state elected St. Lawrence County dairy farmer David Fisher president of the farmer-member lobbying and trade group.  Fisher says he accepted the leadership role because he wants to help agriculture across the entire state.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Governor-elect's transition office

Vermont's governor-elect says he expects to sell his share of his business — a construction company that has won state contracts in the past — before he takes office in January.

New Hampshire Statehouse
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia Commons

New Hampshire's four Democratic electors have signed a letter asking for members of the Electoral College to receive an intelligence briefing explaining whether the government is investigating links between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

It was a concept that started in Springfield, Ohio in 2005 when 12 World War II veterans were taken to Washington, D.C.  There is now a coordinated nationwide network that flies World War II, Korea and Vietnam from across the country to Washington.  There they visit monuments to those conflicts, remember their service and comrades who did not survive.  In this first part of our weeklong series on World War II veterans, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the North Country Honor Flight and the veterans it honors.

University of Vermont Medical Center
Fletcher Allen Health Care/University of Vermont Medical Center

A group of licensed nursing assistants and other employees at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington are seeking permission from the hospital to establish a union.